Aura Symposium 2018

Thanks for everyone participating AURA Symposium 2018!



AURA (Aboa Universities Research Advances) symposium is a biannual event traditionally organized by biology PhD students of the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University.

This time, AURA serves as a forum for all BGG students (Doctoral Programme in Biology, Geography and Geology) of University of Turku as well as Environmental and Marine Biology and Geology of Åbo Akademi!

This symposium offers a unique opportunity to come together, learn about each other's research projects, and exchange ideas. Hopefully, this will encourage further collaboration not only between two universities but also between different fields of science!
The symposium is held 25 - 26 April 2018 in the Armfelt auditorium of the Arken building (Tehtaankatu 2  / Fabriksgatan 2), Åbo Akademi, Turku.

Keynote speakers

  • Heidi M. Viitaniemi, University of Helsinki, Finland
    • Presentation title: Temporal variation in genome-wide DNA methylation patterns and seasonal timing of reproduction in great tits
  • Johan Eklöf, Stockholm University, Sweden
    • Presentation title: The pivotal role of biotic interactions for ecosystem effects of environmental change
  • Martin W. Seltmann, University of Turku, Finland
    • Presentation title: About personality in animals small and large: different approaches to study between-individual differences
  • Hanna Kaasalainen, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
    • Presentation title: Sulfur and metal mobility in the dynamic aqueous environments


Participation is cost-free and open to PhD and Master's students from all areas of biology, geology and geography, and who are enrolled in Finnish universities. Others are also welcome to attend the sessions.

We encourage students to submit an abstract either for an oral presentation or for a poster. There are a limited number of slots for oral presentations and priority will (in case of need) be given to PhD students. PhD students who were not selected for an oral presentation and all MSc students are invited to present a poster.

All participants who give a presentation or display a poster will receive credit points (see below) and valuable feedback from the keynote speakers. 

Oral presentations

Oral presentations will be scheduled in 15 minutes time slots, including 12 minutes for presentation and approximately 3 minutes for discussion and questions from the audience. More detailed information will be given after abstract submissions.


The poster session will be held at the end of the first day. The maximum area available per poster is 117 x 148 cm (portrait), i.e. A0 format works well (ca. width 84 cm x height 119 cm). 
The best oral presentation(s) and poster(s) during the symposium will be awarded a prize.

Abstract submission

AURA 2018 abstract submission is closed.

You don't have to register to attend the sessions.


Those giving a presentation or displaying a poster get 2 ECTS. Other students attending AURA get 1 ECTS provided a report is filed to (UTU students, in English or Finnish) or (ÅA students). The report should consist of a short summary of a presentation held in each of the 4 sessions (thus, 4 short summaries including name of speaker and title of presentation; total of max. 3 A4; remember to include your name and student number).

You can also get attendance points for the seminar series (ÅA:223052 Vetenskapliga föredrag, 212022 Bioportfölj, UTU: EKOL3003 Ekologian ja biodiversiteettitutkimuksen esitelmäsarja (Ecology and Biodiversity Research Seminar), EKOL3004 Visitor seminar, FYGE4311 Tutkimusseminaarit) by attending the AURA keynote speaches. Signatures can be obtained from the AURA committee members.


Symposium dinner buffet is on 25.4. at Koulu costing about 25€.  Please register for the dinner by sending an e-mail to Floriaan ( by the 22nd of April. Please include information about possible dietary restrictions. Note that the number of dinner seats is limited.




Please contact anyone from the organising committee if you have questions or comments!

Jenni Poutanen
Christina Henseler
Simon Chapman
Pauliina Järvinen ​
Jennie Crawley ​
Lukas Meysick ​
Floriaan Eveleens Maarse ​
Sarianna Salminen ​
Krister Dalhem